Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Buying right and holding on, and trading vs. investing

Sanjay Bakshi's blog post, after attending a lunch with Charlie Munger, reminded me of Thomas Phelps' advice in his book, 100 to 1 in the Stock Market, of buying right and holding on. It's advice he gives throughout the book, with the excerpt below being one example:
The investor trying to buy right and hold on could buy as many different stocks as appealed to him. The difference is not in the focussing of investment money but in the intent of the buyer. The trader believes that in a swift-moving, rapidly changing world, with visibility always limited, he can make a series of commitments with better chance of success than trying to decide which companies will do well for the next twenty years. The investor dedicated to buying right and holding on picks managements, products, and processes he thinks able to cope with the unforeseeable as it hoves into view.